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Improv:21 Derk Richardson interviews Nels Cline

Published March 26, 2005

Derk Richardson interviews Los Angeles based guitarist/improviser Nels Cline at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on March, 26, 2005. Cline talks about his early influences, including John Coltrane, Ravi Shankar, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis. As a guitar player, Cline discusses the difficulties he had in incorporating the instrument into jazz music, and his gradual discovery about the similarities between the sound of Coltrane’s tenor sax and his guitar playing. Cline then plays a number of excerpts from his and Gregg Bendian’s reworking of John Coltrane’s seminal album “Interstellar Space”. Near the end of the program there is a spontaneous free improvisation with Cline and ROVA (Rova Saxophone Quartet) saxophonist Larry Ochs.

Run time 113 min
Producer ROVA:Arts
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviewer: efedemiral - - March 26, 2011
Subject: download
download has already broken or i'm a stupid.
Reviewer: norelpref - - July 10, 2007
Subject: An Excellent Session
A highly enjoyable,enlightening interview and musical jam. Nels is very self-effacing and obviously has great respect and awe for the music of Coltrane. I found his casual attitude, candor and (humility?) refreshing; he eschews the "guitar hero" image or personna and just talks about his love of music and his journey to continue exploring the sonic landscape before him.

Highly recommended.
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